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Hobgobageddon weapon swap WIP

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@LeonR344 @LittleBluberry Had asked about doing weapon swaps with the new bones weapon packs. So I thought I've never really done one before either but I thought I'd offer up my bones for science in a how to / WIP. I've never done a WIP before so bear with me,and here we go.

 

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I chose the commander and the dual wielder for this. Both looked like they could use new weapons.

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The commander will require a bit of extra work as I don't like how his sword connects to his armor. That will require a bit of fixing.

 

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Weapon cut away along with the pommel.

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Dual wielder's weapons cut away now as well. Also we have our weapons of choice.

 

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Just another shot of the dual wielder and his former weapons (sans the pommels since the are lost in my desk clutter)

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Now you drill a hole in his hand about where the weapon handle would be in his hand. Usually there is a small amount of that handle left to help guide. Unfortunately that's not the case here, so we're just going to guess as best we can.

Ideally we would be using a drill bit just a hair smaller than the handle of the former weapon as per the guide on The Craft section on Reaper's main website. Barring that a drill bit roughly the size of the new weapon's handle would be good. Here we hit our first snag. I have none of those. The drill bit I do have is really only for pinning and is roughly the thickness of a standard non jumbo paper clip, so probably half of what I need. I do have a small round file that I can use to widen the hole but I also don't think mr hobgoblin's tiny hands would be able to handle to much of that. Additional solutions are required. At any rate once you have your hand hole as large as can be managed, take an exact blade and cut across the knuckles into the hole.

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Now for the additional solution. With my triangle file I began sanding down the handle of the sword.

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With a lot of careful filing, I was able to shrink the sword hilt down enough to fit.

The sword wasn't to bad to get in, since the shape of this one's pommel was pointed so I could work it in easily.

Then just apply some glue and do your best to squeeze the hand shut. It doesn't have to be perfect, the paint will cover a small crack but you can green stuff if you need.

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The axe is going to be tricky since it's a lot thicker and longer. Fortunately my file is just about the right width.

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Still not thin enough.

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Getting closer.

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Woot! It fits. This one was harder to get in. I had to work it in with a sculpting tool since plastic won't automatically hold open and the piece was getting so thin, I was  afraid it was going to snap, which might not ave been the end of the world. It might have allowed me to shorten the axe a bit.

 

 

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21 minutes ago, LittleBluberry said:

That's a really good demo on how to swap a weapon.  ^_^  Any idea how small you can make the handle before you risk breaking it?

 

It think it depends pretty much entirely on how careful you are. There was suddenly a lot of flex on the axe when I put it in for the last time. It probably did break, fortunately, it no longer mattered. ::):

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glued his hand shut.

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Added a little extra glue to reinforce the axe since, as I told LittleBlueberry, I think I broke it.

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Got the commander's hand drilled out and widened a bit with the file, but since I need to green stuff his armor a bit, I think I'll finish it up tomorrow. For what I want to do, I'll also need to have his armor painted before I can fully put his sword in hand.

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Final shot of this guy for now until I start painting. Pretty happy with how he turned out, although I wish I had used a different axe. This one is a bit long and there is a shorter one I over looked. It's the one that looks a lot like the one that one of the Tre orcs is wielding and that orc will need a swap as well since I have him in metal. Oh well. That's enough for tonight. All told, it took me longer to post this than it did to do this. If any one has any questions, let me know.

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When I saw that you were filing down the sword and axe handles, I thought that it might be easier and sturdier to cut out that section of the handle and replace it with a bit of thin wire.  You could drill a small hole into each cut end of the weapon that the wire could fit into. 

 

Other than that, excellent tutorial!

 

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That actually might work for the axe since I do have wire that fits the size of the hole I am making and then I wouldn't have to file the inside of the hole to widen it. I may try that when I get to doing a weapon swap on my orcs. My only concern is keeping my hand steady when drilling into the weapon.

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just a picture of the tools I've been using.

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Decided to "prime" them with brown liner mixed with rubbing alcohol so I could more easily see their detail. Sadly the archer does have a nose issue, but we carry on despite her battle scar.

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Painted some of the weapons and armor with my trusty Armor Steel pro-paint.

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Added some ral partha copper and some fire glow.

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Painted em green an added some blue. Still haven't added the commander's new sword as I want his armor to be mostly done before I do that.

 

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Most of the shading is done, now it's just some highlights  and details and touch ups from here on out. I should probably give the commander his new sword. I don't think I can widen his hand as much as I did the berserker, so I'm going to try grumpy cave bear's suggestion.

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Cut the part of the sword away that would be in his hand.

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Drilled into the blade. This part worked pretty well, but I don't think it would have worked for the berserkers sword. The blade wasn't as thick as this one.

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This looks pretty nice.

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Had a slight problem with the pommel. I failed to get the drill even close to centered or straight. Looks finerom the front, but will have to file a bit of the back once the glue dries. Other than that. I'd say it worked pretty slick. I didn't even have to cut his knuckles.

 

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Pretty much done now. I'm camping this weekend so I'll base em up on Sunday night for show off. Hope every one had fun.

 

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